|Coloration and probable toxicity of juvenile soapfish Grammistes sexlineatus (Pisces: Grammistidae)|
Diamant, A.; Golani, D. (1984). Coloration and probable toxicity of juvenile soapfish Grammistes sexlineatus (Pisces: Grammistidae). Copeia 1984(4): 1015-1017
In: Copeia. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: New York, N.Y., etc.. ISSN 0045-8511, more
Juveniles; Toxicity; Marine
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The soapfish, Grammistes sexlineatus (Thunberg) is a common fish with the widest known distribution of any of the grammistidae: The entire Central and South Pacific Ocean, from Japan in the north to Australia in the south, East Africa and the Red sea to the east. Juvenile G. sexlineatus up to 50 mm SL are regarded as possessing three yellow longitudinal stripes on the side. In the present study the authors show that juveniles of 11.5 to 17.5 mm SL have a completely different and distinct coloration and pattern.